‘Parachute science’ in Palaeontology 

Recent research has found that 97% of palaeontological data come from scientists in countries classified as high- and upper-middle-income countries and this can lead to a misunderstanding of the history of life.

Scientists in Europe and North America contribute most fossil data … and a lot of those fossils come from other countries.


Callaway (2022) How rich countries skew the fossil record in Nature

Raja et al (2021) Colonial history and global economics distort our understanding of deep-time biodiversity, Nature Ecology and Evolution

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